DrJeff wrote:They've got a mid station on the Orange Bubble Express high speed quad at the Canyons where only on the uphill side does the chair detach from the main haul rope for unloading. The downhill chairs stay about 10 feet above the mid station on the haul rope at full line speed as the downhill side is totally seperate from the uphill side at the mid station. Pretty cool to see actually, but i'm guessing with the spacing sensors at the base terminal the mid station on the uphill side and the summit terminal that it's not that big of a logistical deal for the software to keep the spacing of the chairs where they need to be
RENO wrote:You guys can't be serious?
Guy in Shorts wrote:Easy solution. Just move the Snowdown Poma to Superstar. "its just that simple"
steamboat1 wrote:Le Massif in Quebec has the same kind of mid station on one of their HSQ's. Doesn't seem like to big of a deal to do.
Marc Shepherd wrote:steamboat1 wrote:Le Massif in Quebec has the same kind of mid station on one of their HSQ's. Doesn't seem like to big of a deal to do.
My guess is you're talking at least $500k to $1m to reconfigure an existing HSQ to have a midstation (assuming it's possible at all), and that's for (perhaps) a couple of weeks of marginal end-of-season skiing on one trail. Of all the things for K to spend money on, that would be pretty far down on the priority list.
I don't think there's a lot of precedent for introducing a midstation on a lift that wasn't originally designed to have it. HSQs with midstations require a lot of extra hardware, to say nothing of new towers and losing trail space around the unloading point.
Dickc wrote:I believe Mr. Moose was talking about one extra lift tower to flatten the lift line on the uphill side for a few feet, and a standard unload platform that can be lowered most of the time and be out of the way. Probably about $50-75K worth of expense. He is not talking about having the chairs come off the haul rope.